State Dept.: Christians in Syria 'feel safer'

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, questioned officials from the Department of Homeland Security Thursday on why so few Christian refugees have been admitted into the U.S. from Syria.

The Utah Republican noted Christians make up 10 percent of the population in Syria, but the U.S. has accepted just 29 Christian refugees in the past year.

"They're not fleeing because they feel safer," argued Anne Richards, a top refugees official at the State Department.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said the U.S. has welcomed just 53 Christian Syrian refugees in the past five years.

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